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Issue #13-51,  Dec. 23, 2013


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TOP NEWS

NBAA Welcomes FAA's Delay on Sleep-Apnea Policy Pending Industry Input
NBAA welcomed a Dec. 19 decision by the FAA to delay its plans for implementing a controversial new policy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) screening for pilots until the agency has had an opportunity to hear from industry stakeholders on the matter. "We have learned that, shortly after the new year gets underway, the FAA will bring together organizations, including NBAA, to discuss the sleep apnea issue, and hear the significant concerns we have with the agency's plans," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We think that's an appropriate step, because in business aviation, flying is often how a person makes a living, and the agency's screening plans would have a significant impact on many of those professionals." The FAA earlier this year announced plans to require some pilots to undergo OSA screening before receiving a medical certificate. Read more about the FAA's decision .

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NBAA, Others Request Fiscal 2014 Funding for Unleaded Avgas-Transition Effort
The Association and four other groups representing general aviation wrote House and Senate subcommittee leaders last week to request continued, full funding for a government-industry effort to qualify and certify the safety of unleaded avgas for use in piston-powered aircraft. Specifically, the aviation groups asked for funding that meets or exceeds the $5.571 million budget request submitted by the Obama administration for the fiscal 2014 budget, noting that this would, "enable government and industry to begin implementation of the recommendations made by the FAA's Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee." Read more about the associations' request .

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NBAA: Congressional Budget Package Should Avert Another Industry-Damaging Shutdown
NBAA last week welcomed a bipartisan congressional agreement that appears to significantly lessen the likelihood of another near-term government shutdown. Avoiding another government shutdown is a key concern for NBAA and the business aviation community. Because business aviation is more regulated than other industries, the most recent shutdown – which took place last October and lasted 18 days – had a far more dire impact on business aviation than for other industries. "We know that difficult budget negotiations are a reality of our time, but another government shutdown would be an unwelcome development for the business aviation community," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "This legislation should allow us to avoid another industry-damaging shutdown for the near term." Read more about the budget deal .

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Article Reviews Impact of Final Tangible Property Repair Regulations on Business Aviation
After nearly a decade of work, the IRS recently released final regulations on the deduction and capitalization of expenditures related to tangible property such as aircraft and engines. In a new article, NBAA Tax Committee members Richard C. Farley, Jr. and Glenn J. Hediger analyze the final regulations in light of comments filed by NBAA. All aircraft operators face questions regarding whether costs such as engine overhauls should be expensed for tax purposes and this article provides a summary of the complex regulations. Review the Tax Committee article on final repair regulation .

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Advocacy for Business Aviation Took Center Stage in 2013
Business aviation was affected by a number of governmental issues in 2013 – among the most notable was the federal government shutdown in October that led to the closure of the FAA's Aircraft Registry. That spurred NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen to issue a call to action, asking NBAA Members to use the Contact Congress tool on the NBAA website to make their feelings about the shutdown known to their lawmakers. The shutdown ended after 17 days, but not without a cost to business aviation: a report issued in November by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) indicates the delay in delivery of aircraft caused by the shutdown held up $1.9 billion worth of aviation assets. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more of the issues that impacted business aviation in 2013 .

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INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

NBAA, GAMA Tell New York Times: 'No Plane, No Gain'
A Dec. 16 article in The New York Times called attention to the vital role of business aviation in helping companies access new markets in hard-to-reach locations around the globe. That message is also a staple of the No Plane No Gain campaign, which is co-sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. In the article, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted that business aviation remains a vital asset for any company, large or small, that is "truly operating in a global marketplace." GAMA also weighed in, providing valuable data that brought context to the story. Read more about the article .

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FEATURED STORY

Helpful Hints for a Well-Run Regional Aviation Group
When Reza Karamooz launched the Nevada Business Aviation Association about a year ago, he knew it was going to take a lot of his time, "but it took three times more than I anticipated," said the group's president. From planning safety days, to local advocacy, to administering a scholarship program, there are a number of priorities for regional aviation group leaders committed to keeping their associations relevant and engaging. The good news is NBAA's regional representatives and the coast-to-coast network of regional group leaders support each other. Read more about starting or re-invigorating a regional business aviation group in the digital edition of Business Aviation Insider .

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

FAR 91 Operators May Fly in Canada Without Special Authority
Foreign private operators, including FAR U.S. 91 operators, can continue to operate into, out of and through Canada without the necessity of obtaining any technical competency authority from Transport Canada (Foreign Air Operators Certificate) or any economic authority from the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA). "The operation of corporate aircraft by an organization for the use and transportation of its officials...in the conduct of the organization's business is generally also considered to be private carriage, and not a publicly available service and, therefore, an agency licence would not be required to operate this service," the CTA decision states. NBAA Regulatory Issues Advisory Group member William F. Clark has prepared an article on this topic for Members. Review the regulatory issues article .

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REGIONAL NEWS

Reminder: Delays Possible at Aspen, Eagle and Rifle Over Holidays
NBAA is once again reminding Members that increased demand at Aspen-Pitkin County (ASE), Eagle County Regional (EGE) and Rifle/Garfield County (RIL) this upcoming holiday period will likely result in air traffic delays in and out of these airports. This season, the FAA will not be using an air traffic slot reservation program, in favor of alternative air traffic management initiatives, such as ground delay programs, miles-in-trail and possibly ground stops. Operators are strongly encouraged to file their flight plans as early as possible to avoid additional delays, and contact their FBO prior to departure to ensure parking availability. Learn more .

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Preparations Well Underway for NBAA's 2014 Business Aviation Regional Forums
In 2014, NBAA's Business Aviation Regional Forums are returning to three highly popular locations, with the first Regional Forum set for Jan. 30 in Boca Raton, FL. This will be followed by two events in the summer, in Van Nuys, CA on June 26 and Dallas, TX on Sept. 18. "All of our locations are in really strong markets next year, and we expect them to be well-attended," said Joe Hart, NBAA director of static displays. Hart said applications for booth spaces and static display exhibits for the Boca forum are beating NBAA's expectations, and a sold-out event is expected. Read more about the 20114 Regional Forums .

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New Hampshire Group Starts a New Tradition: Hosting Legislators
At the group's fourth-quarter meeting on Dec. 13, the Granite State Airport Management Association (GSAMA) hosted state and federal legislators for the first time, with more than 90 elected officials and industry members in attendance. Among the speakers were New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) Commissioner Christopher Clement and State Representative Key Weyler, chair of the New Hampshire Aviation Caucus, who emphasized that airports and aviation are vital economic engines in the state. GSAMA plans for the legislative meeting to become an annual event. For more information on working with legislators in the Northeast, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at dsaucier@nbaa.org .


 

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NBAA NEWS

Register for Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference
For everyone involved in buying, selling, financing and registering business aircraft, the premier educational and networking event next year is NBAA's Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference. Held from Feb. 5 to 7 in St. Pete Beach, FL, this conference will explore the latest developments and current trends affecting aircraft transactions in the U.S. and around the globe. More than 130 industry professionals are expected to attend. Register for the conference today .

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Save the Date for NBAA Events in 2014
NBAA's events are designed specifically for business aviation professionals like you, with high quality education and career development opportunities all year long, at convenient locations around the country. Mark your calendars, share these dates and locations with your staff and make plans for your team to attend. Click here for a complete listing of NBAA's 2014 events .

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NBAA Seeks Candidates for Manager, Static Displays
The Association is currently hiring for critical position managing overall static display planning and logistics at NBAA events around the world. The manager, static displays is responsible for assisting in the success of all static displays at NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, Regional Forums across the country, as well as EBACE in Europe and ABACE in Asia. View the complete job description .

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NBAA Will Have Holiday Season Office Closures
NBAA's Washington, DC headquarters will close at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24 for Christmas, and reopen at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26. The Association will also close Tuesday, Dec. 31 for New Year's and reopen at 9 a.m. on Jan. 2.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Dispatcher Recurrent Training Offered at S&D Conference
In conjunction with NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2014) in New Orleans, LA next month, Jeppesen will provide dispatcher recurrent training on Jan. 13 and 14. This two-day course is designed for professionals who currently have a dispatcher's license and are seeking to enhance their skills with the latest information on flight planning, aeronautical charts, weather and more. It is also open to advanced-level schedulers considering enrollment in a dispatch license program. To learn essentials for helping your operation run smoothly and efficiently, register for the Dispatcher Course now .

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NBAA FLIGHT PLAN PODCAST

Government Shutdown, User Fees Dominated Headlines in 2013

The 17-day federal government shutdown and a pushback against proposed user fees were two key issues that business aviation contended with in 2013. For at least the third consecutive year, aviation advocates within Congress beat back an Obama administration attempt to enact a user-fee system. The proposed $100-per-flight fee was the subject of a bipartisan backlash.

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NBAA EVENTS

 

Jan. 14–17, 2014
Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
New Orleans, LA

Jan. 30, 2014
Business Aviation Regional Forum
Boca Raton, FL

Feb. 5–7, 2014
Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference
St. Pete Beach, FL

Feb. 18–20, 2014
Leadership Conference
Atlanta, GA

March 17–20, 2014
International Operators Conference
Tampa, FL

April 15–17, 2014
Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition
Shanghai, China

April 16–17, 2014
Business Aviation Safety Seminar
San Diego, CA

April 22–24, 2014
Maintenance Management Conference
Tampa, FL

May 2, 2014
Business Aviation Taxes Seminar
San Francisco, CA

May 20–22, 2014
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
Geneva, Switzerland






 

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